Trachycarpus fortunei (2)

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The joins between the leaflets (pinnae) form a beautiful logarithmic spiral.

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Synonymy:

This is now T. fortunei.

Distribution & Habitat:

This plant is unknown in the wild, all known plants are in cultivation.

Description:

A medium sized fan palm, very similar to the much better known T. fortunei, but this species has shorter, stiffer, more erect leaves that aren't as deeply divided.

General:

Thought by some to just be a variant of T. fortunei, not a species in its own right. Said to be the most cold tolerant of the Trachycarpus.

Culture:

Sunny, moist, but well drained position. Best suited to the sub-tropics and temperate regions. Very cold tolerant, and very slow growing.

Kew Gardens.Victorian Palm House,
Figure 2. The same plant, 5 years later.
Figure 3. T. fortunei inflorescence


Contributed by:

Neil King (Figures 1&2)
Ian Edwards (Figure 3)

External Links:

Kew, PalmWeb, JSTOR, Trebrown

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